Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-061
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY (.. Lady 'Cits sn.i third i dil l straight Big Sky win See ),'e ft l - - I 11C V " . : - i n n n n nan n n n n n nn UUlS UUUU LLUUl UUUUlilL McBride lands 24 new signees By Matt Gerrish sports editor I The Signpost The Weber State University Football Team has officially reloaded for the 2009 season. On Wednesday, WSU I lead Coach Ron McBride hosted his fifth annual signing day party, announcinghis new incoming freshman class. Thanks to tireless recruiting efforts from his coaching staff, McBride managed to sign 20 high school seniors to national letters of intent. "We have some great quality in the recruiting class. This is easily the most athletic group of kids I've recruited at Weber so far' Ron McBride, WSU Football Head Coach "We hit the motherload this year," McBride said. "We're trying to stabilize this program from the bottom up. That way we can be good for the next six to seven years." McBride aimed his recruiting efforts primarily at defensive prospects. WSU returns only four of 11 defensive starters from last season's Big Sky Conference Championship squad and the WSU coaching staff tried to shore up those holes, signing 12 defensive players of 20 total high school signees. Highlighting the defensive signees is 275-pound defensive tackle Bijon Mostoufi from Honolulu, Hawaii. New Defensive Line Coach Inokc Brccktcrfield's ties to Hawaii helped land Mostoufi, who is hailed for his extraordinary strength, capable of bench pressing over 435 pounds. "We hit a home run on defense," McBride said. "We loaded up on defensive linemen as well as offensive linemen too. Games are won or lost in the trenches so you can never have too many of those." In addition to signing five defensive linemen, the Wildcats landed a plethora of speedy defensive backs. One of those defensive backs is Quaid Morris from Nampa, Idaho. Quaid, a See Motherload page 5 , , . , I i " V ; ,. i I : nn. ,., , n, , .1 Ml I 1 . " - ' - PHOIO BY CATHERINE MOK1IMER I Hit bK.NIXJil Weber State University Head Football Coach Ron McBride addresses Wildcat fans and alumni on Wednesday during his fifth annual National Signing Day Party at Stewart Stadium. Legislature i Weber thanked at Capitol tmmn Ti J 1 A St Mil i M vr ii PIP Public transportation rails discussed for WSU By Jessica Schreifeir editor-in-chief 1 The Signpost i Ogden got the commuter rail. Talks of gondolas were widely criticized. But are streetcars the way to go for Ogden City when it comes to public transportation? Jeffrey Wood says yes. . Wood, the program associateGIS specialist for Reconnecting America, spoke at Weber State University Thursday about the idea of streetcars and how they would help the city increase business and connect the city together. "You're not just building a line," Wood said about the potential streetcars coming to Ogden, "you are shaping a development." Wood emphasized that on other projects, once a line was built throughout die city, business boomed surrounding the line, affordable housing was built around the line, and the overall value of property increased once the line was put into use. The presentation about streetcars was sponsored by both the WSU Faculty Senate Environmental Issues Committee and the WSU Environmental Club, and was presented as part of the "Focus on the Nation" event that was going on all week, in hopes to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon emissions. "Mass transit does so many good tilings for the environment," said Cliris Bentiey, president of die Environmental Club. "It gets people out of dieir car s, cleans up die air and makes people think about their environment and their neighborhood in a different way as well." Wood also spoke about die positive effects mass transit has for die environment in Ogden. "It'snotjustatransportation issue," he said. "It's a planetary issue." Bentiey said Wood's idea of protecting the environment by riding mass transit was one of the most interesting aspects of the speech. "I especially enjoyed the discussion about the greenhouse gas reduction that street cars can cause," Bentiey said. "I am also interested in urban planning and the idea of transit-oriented development, where people can walk to work or walk to the grocery store." Anodier important aspect a streetcar system would bring for Ogden would be to connect areas like McKay Dee Hospital and WSU to downtown Ogden. Rachel Coleman, a WSU geography senior who was in attendance at the speech, thought this was an important element for mass transit to bring. "There is notiiing to connect Weber State and McKay Dee Hospital to that central area, which I think is important because they are working so hard to make this downtown area a place where people want to come to," she said. "I'm all about connecting areas. I diink it's good because tiiey started connecting downtown, but now tiiey also need to tiy to start and connect an important part of die community with Weber State University to anodier part of die community witii downtown Ogden." Wood encouraged citizens and students interested in su'eetcars to become involved widi dieir city and voice dieir opinions. To find out more about what Ogden is doing in conjunction to streetcars and odier plans to help Ogden grow, go to www. smartgrowdiogden.org. Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com. Season of love t r I 1 FF p 7 I . tat, it" SOURCE: NATALIE BUTTARS Two Weber State University students dip marshmallows and banana pieces into a chocolate fountain during WSU's first Bridal Fair Wednesday. The fair was held in the Shepherd Union Building, and had vendors from the Ogden-area providing ideas for WSU students. For a full story on the event, turn to page 5. Comprehensive university praised by Utah legislators By Molly Bennett correspondent I The Signpost Weber State University President Ann Millner began her presentation to Utah legislators by thanking them for helping make Elizabeth Hall a reality at WSU. But, throughout the presentation Thursday, most of the expressions of gratitude came from the legislators. Milner stated that WSU is 57th in the top 100 community college providers of Associate's degrees in the nation. That is out of 5,000 to 6,000 community colleges, according to Miilner. At that point, Representative Kory Holdaway(R-Tay-lorsville) stopped the presentation to thank Millner. "That's incredible," Holdaway said. "I don't want to just gloss over that. It says so much for all we do." More thanks came from the Higher Education Appropriation Subcommittee when Millner mentioned the WSU Nursing program, which is the largest program at WSU and currently accounts for more than 900 students at the university. Last year, there were 10,085 undergraduates from the College of Health Professions. But, as Senator John L. Valentine (R- Utah County) said, "Weber does more than teach nursing." Millner said in an interview that it was her purpose in the presentation to show the comprehensive nature of WSU. She said the university was recently cited on the Princeton Review for educational quality, student-faculty interaction and undergraduate research, service learning and community-based projects. It was also on the 2009 list of America's Best Business Colleges in the West as one of the top 20 public master's degree programs in the West. See Capitol page 5 NPR jomraalist encourages hope Juan Williams gives message about diversity and the change of the United States' culture By Ryan Smeding correspondent I 77)e Signpost Nationally acclaimed Journalist Juan Williams spoke to students and faculty in the Wildcat Theater Wednesday as part of the Convocations series. Emphasizing how students could find their place in the world during this important moment in history, Williams related the race and election of president Barack Obama to the changing political face of America, and how these pivotal events came forth. Michelle Howard, a WSU computer science professor, said she thought the speech was inspiring and very realistic to what is going on in society right now. "What is your role in this time of history with the election of President Obama," Williams asked the audience, "and why was it that everybody climbed on the sense of change as the defining feature of the election? What is it about change that makes it such a positive political commodity? Where and who are you in that history or change, and how will you fit in?" Williams explained that younger people's openness for political change may come from the major changing events that they have witness in their lifetime. He said that in the last 10 years, America has impeached a president, had two controversial presidential elections, suffered the ' horrors of the 9-11 attacks and been involved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other events. He said that during Obama's campaign, the then-presidential nominee was able to tap into youth voters in a way no other candidate has before. "One hundred years ago," Williams said, "... (Ogden) was probably just a small agriculturally based economy. Soon you had the advancement of some infrastructure, and then came World War II. With the advancement help of the GI Bill, education was now readily available, giving the need for a See Hope page 5 ''' - 5 i - -- ... " " - .... 5 : L , L , .. PHOIO 11V BRYAN BUTTERFIELD 1HI SIGWOSI Juan Williams spoke Wednesday in the Wildcat Theater about living through history and the change America is experiencing.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-02-06, Vol. 79, No. 63|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|